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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is set to announce a new commission to look into climate change today.

The group will be formally known as the Governor's Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission. It's an update because the panel will build on work that began when U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine was governor, a time when a similar commission was created. It issued dozens of recommendations and then was disbanded when Republican Bob McDonnell became governor.

"And the resiliency is where I come in," says Brian Moran, former member of the House of Delegates in Northern Virginia who is now Secretary of Public Safety in the McAuliffe administration. He will serve as co-chairman of the newly created commission.

"The resiliency comes in from the perspective of the security aspects. What can we do to mitigate the sea level rise? What can we do to mitigate and prepare for more extreme weather?" he says.

One of the first goals will be to review the recommendations of the previous commission.

"As far as I know there was no action on any of those recommendations," says Jim Kinter, director of the Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies at George Mason University.

The executive action McAuliffe will announce today sets a one-year deadline for the commission to make a new set of recommendations for Virginia to respond to the threat of climate change.

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